Why Am I a Teacher

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Why I am a Teacher
Linda Furtado
Grand Canyon University: Edu 310
April 9, 2011

Education Exactly Where I belong
Why do individuals select teaching as a profession? Reasons of becoming a teacher are as diverse as the subjects that will be taught. Motives range from inspirations drawn from a favorite teacher to a sense of commitment owed to a community or nation. I sit here pondering to myself, why do I want to become a teacher? I didn’t even really like attending school as a youth. I spent my teenage years dreaming of becoming a nurse. Immediately after high school, I began chasing my dream. Something emotionally changed within me the afternoon I volunteered in my sons Head Start classroom. The connection the teachers had developed with the children was amazing and warm. For several years, I continued to be a parent volunteer. The opportunity of spending this priceless time with my son provided memories that could not be replaced. I knew this was where I wanted to make a difference. After reflecting back on the developed relationships between the children and their teachers, I quickly realized teaching was a calling not just a job. I had a yearning desire to help children learn, watch them grow, and make a difference in their lives. I knew I would be making a salary that was much less than a nurse; however, money was not my motivation. After speaking to a few of the Head Start employees, I learned I needed to begin by applying for a position as a teacher’s assistant. This was due to the fact that I had no former teaching education or experience. I knew that I would need to return to school for a degree in teaching. I was ready for the challenge. Once I achieved my associate’s degree I was promoted to a teacher’s position. However, although teaching has many extrinsic and intrinsic rewarding it is tremendously demanding. In Head Start the intrinsic rewards out way the extrinsic ones. With this being said, I decided to return to...
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